Tuesday, June 28, 2011

White Oakland Driver Flirts With Getting Nigga’d

First of all, I never knew that the N-word (which I detest) could be a verb, but I have been told that somewhere in the Oakland slang dictionary you will find a definition that goes something like:
“NIGGA’D, verb (used with object) 1. to deprive of life in any manner, by an individual who is often black and self-described as a “nigga”; cause the death for reasons deemed senseless and grossly out of proportion to any alledged offense or threat”.

Anyhow, as I was exiting the freeway this morning, a black guy in a busted-ass vehicle cut-off an older white man in a late model Infiniti FX SUV. The old white dude took offense and tried to go around N-man on the exit ramp, who was not having any of the displeasure. Meanwhile, I’m getting ready to speed-dial the paramedics, because I’m thinking that this could go very wrong for them and me, as a bystanding driver in the firing line.

Then the mess got hotter. Old white guy pulls along side, rolls down the window, and starts jawing with challenged N-man. Neither moves against the green light. I wait, ready to hit the floor mats. Nothing. I slide past white man quickly and with a very low profile. N-man then proceeds through light, while old white man turns left behind me.

At the next light I wanted to ask the old white man what was wrong with him challenging a brother with such obvious “unresolved economic and social issues”. He could have gotten himself killed over some stupid nothing. Was it worth the risk? Hell no. Long ago, in Boston, I learned that regardless of race, unless someone actually hits your car, keep the F-moving.

I’m no fan of the N-word or its derivations and wish the word would go away, but this does not change the accuracy of the urban defintion, or the warning it represents. Remember, everyone does not place the same value on human life, yours or their own. Word to the wise. Keep moving.

James C. Collier

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4 comments:

Jim-Jim said...

Were you in Boston during the
1970s? What sort of incident(s) happened?

Janis Lane said...

All very true. 32 people were shot over the weekend in the city I live in over very similar circumstances. In one case, a man actually came back to an establishment, and pumped innocent bystanders full of lead just because he was peeved. Frankly, I find road rage often blinds people from thinking straight and they don't remember just about anyone, no matter their race, will kill you. But the "economically/socially challenged" are more likely to kill you than someone in the suburbs who actually has car insurance.

Desertflower said...

Janis Lane said...
All very true. 32 people were shot over the weekend in the city I live in over very similar circumstances. In one case, a man actually came back to an establishment, and pumped innocent bystanders full of lead just because he was peeved.
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Same thing here in the San Juan area, every day.
A lot of housing projects here with generations of poverty and social exclusion breed young men and women that do not value life.They'd just as soon pull a trigger as they would eat a Popsicle! So many senseless and needless deaths!

S.L. said...

I thought this was going to end very differently. I'm always in great fear when I see any situation like this about to take off. I've definitely learned to "keep it moving".

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